Horticulture covers a large segment of Anchorage

Consumer Horticulture —This program provides information to home gardeners on organic growing, vegetable production, flowers, tree fruits and berries, culinary herbs, houseplants, lawn establishment and maintenance, landscaping, home greenhouses and more.

Master Gardener Program —Experienced gardeners receive 40 hours of horticultural training in return for 40 hours of volunteer service. For more information check out the MG web page.

Commercial Horticulture —Involves those employed in the horticulture industry and public gardening including greenhouses, garden centers, grounds maintenance, landscape contractors, interior plantscape professionals, commercial peony growers and nursery operators. The Alaska Greenhouse & Nursery Conference is held annually to support industry and public horticulture needs.

Call 786-6300 for more information.

Visit your local farmers market for fresh vegetables.

Soil Testing

Before our office can make a proper soil amendment recommendation to correct deficiencies in nutrients or pH, the land owner must take a soil sample. Procedures for this process can be found in the UAF-CES publication, Soil Sampling, FGV-00044.

After taking the soil sample, the land owner sends it to a laboratory of their choice. Please refer to UAF-CES publication, Factors to Consider in Selecting a Soil Testing Laboratory, FGV-00045.

Greenhouses and garden centers often do a free pH test as a public service for their customers.

If you are interested in learning more about soils, please download and read this UAF-CES publication:  Soil and Fertlizer Management for Healthy Gardens.    

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